It was really great that our office could pull together & help this family in their time of need.
Marlton, New Jersey (PRWEB) January 04, 2012
Employees at the New Jersey personal injury law firm, Console & Hollawell are diligent supporters of the Women’s Opportunity Center at the YMCA of Burlington County. Giving back to the community is something the firm prides themselves on, which is why they participated in the WOC’s Adopt-a-Family drive.
This holiday season, Console & Hollawell adopted a family of four and was able to collect more than 80 gifts for the children and their mother. The office joined forces to make it a Christmas to remember not only for these children, but also to make it special for their mother.
New Jersey accident attorney Richard Console said, “It was really great that our office could pull together and help this family in their time of need. It really warms your heart to see everyone’s generosity and working as a team to give back to our community, especially during the holidays. This experience reminded us all how lucky we are and we just wanted to make Christmas a special day for this family.”
The WOC is dedicated to helping women gain economic independence through education, job training, networking, outreach, referrals, and emotional support. They also assist in raising awareness of women’s rights and issues with public advocacy.
The WOC explains that the women who utilize their program are experiencing a very difficult time in their lives. Many of them have small children to care for, and they need temporary help after the loss or disability of a husband or a separation or divorce. The Adopt-a-Family program is so important because the family is able to get through the holidays without worry, and it restores some normalcy for them in this transition period.
Cathi Rendfrey, director of the WOC, has been holding the Adopt-a-Family drive for 15 years and she explained the importance of the program and what it does for these families.
“They’re just single moms trying to make ends meet,” she said. “We serve over 250 women a year; we try to target the most needy at the holidays.”
She went on to explain that through the generosity of their donors, they were able to provide gifts to more than 45 children. Rendfrey said that when the mothers came to the center to pick up the gifts they were overwhelmed and many were in tears at the sight of all of the donations. She expressed how grateful she felt to have donors that were so giving all year long.
“It’s like everybody is paying it forward,” she said with joy. “It’s a good feeling just to give back.”